The Columbine high school shooting took place in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999. Two teens went on a shooting spree, killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide. The crime was named one of the worst high school shooting in U.S. history and later began a national debate on gun control and school safety. There was also a major investigation to determine the motivations the gunmen, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17. There were speculations that Harris and Klebold committed this vicious crime because they were members of a social outcasts group and as retaliation for being bullied. Through journals left behind, investigators later discovered the teens had been planning …show more content…
Officer Neil Gardner was the first on scene and exchanged gunfire with Eric, who shot out a window at the school entrance. When Gardner was no longer in gunfire with Eric, he reported shots were fired over his radio and all other available units were then notified. Many students and teachers called 911 throughout the hour. The seven minutes between 11:29 and 11:36 a.m. is when Eric and Dylan carried out their most brutal actions of the hour, the attack on the 56 students and staff hiding in the library. They both approached the library doors, instructing the people hiding to get up, but no one moved. Eric then decided to start shooting away. The boys both started shooting and made their way into the library to look for survivors up until this point hiding. While this was all happening, Patti Nielson was still on the phone with the …show more content…
He was trying to hide behind a computer desk when he was shot in the back of the head and died instantly. Harris and Klebold then started to reload their weapons; making vicious comments about the people they’ve killed or wanted to kill. When they were finished reloading their guns, Eric noticed police officers helping evacuate people out of the building. He then started shooting out one of the library windows at the officers. As Eric fired, Dylan continued to scope the room, looking for more survivors when he saw Patrick Ireland, Daniel Steepleton, and Makai Hall all hiding under a table. He fired at them and injured all three boys. Eric threw a CO2 bomb at their table, landing directly on Steepleton’s thigh. Makai Hall grabbed the bomb and threw it of him and it went off in mid
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The SWAT team lead the way to the library and discover bodies most dead but a few alive. The author repeatedly includes “The SWAT team…” following multiple statements like “discovered the truth”, This “truth” is realizing that Eric and Dylan were dead and had been for quit a while. Their guns were present right by their bodies, cold and lifeless. Another phrase “searched the building..”, and “warned laman to be cautious’ as short straight to the point sentences describing the actions taken by the first responders. They “warned” the detective incase Eric and Dylan left a last hope of a device planted in any of the backpacks lying near lifeless bodies.
They asked Cassie Bernall if she believed in God and she said yes and they shot her to death, they don’t know for sure if Dylan and Harris where targeting people or not but it is believed by many people that they where not (“Columbine Shooting” History Channel). The people who died were, Cassie Bernall,17; Steven Curnow,14; Corey Depooter,17; Kelly Fleming,16; Mathew Ketcher,16; Daniel Mauser,15; Rachel Scott,17; Isaiah Shoeis,18;John Tomlin,16; Lauren Townsend,18; Kyle Valusauez,16; and the teacher William “Dave” Sanders who was 47 (“We are Columbine” Fox News). He was the science teacher that they couldn’t get to.
On April,20,1999 11:19 A.M they shot the first students which were Rachel Scott and Richard Castaldo. The next students were Sean Graves, Daniel Rohrbough, and Lance Kirklin on a staircase. The boys made their way to the hilltop beside the school and began to shoot at 5 other students. After that a teacher and student were hit by shrapnel and glass for some of the pipe bombs going off.
Eric Harris did not want to be alone for prom. Eric, a senior, did not want to be alone for one of the biggest gatherings of his high school time (Cullen, 2010). Eric Harris was a typical high school student, he wanted to be part of the peak of high school event, prom. Dylan Klebold was a kid who would follow Eric anywhere and do anything with him. Dylan would try to remain unseen as much as possible.
He killed two students and wounded a third before shooting his algebra teacher in the back. Three years later, April of 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold launched their infamous attack on Columbine High, Colorado, the slaughtering had continued. Threw the thirty-two killed and seventeen wounded by Seung- Hui Cho in Virginia Tech in 2007. What Gladwell has believed that “school shootings mostly involve young white men”, they were scattered instances of gunmen or bombers that has attacked schools in the years before Barry Loukaitis but had been lower profile.
On April 20, 1999, two disturbed teenage boys Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris began a killing rampage at Columbine High School in the suburban town of Littleton, Colorado. This was considered one of the worst school shootings to occur at that time. In the morning of April 20, before noon, the two juveniles had killed 13 people to include 12 students and 1 teacher; they also wounded another 23 people before turning the guns on themselves. This event would change the theories as to why school shootings would occur. (History)
Nikolas Cruz exited a Uber outside of Stoneman Marjory Douglass High School at 2:19 p.m. wearing dark colored jeans, a Stoneman Douglass polo shirt, carrying a duffel bag with an ar-15, and a backpack with a vest and ammo. Cruz walked into the 1200 building, wherein a stairwell a student stumbled upon him loading his weapon who left to tell a teacher. Later, Cruz set off a fire alarm, and started shooting into the hallways. After that, he started shooting into different rooms, passing some and entering others. By the end of the shooting, seventeen people had been killed.
Since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, there have been over 30 more school shootings resulting in 160 fatalities. The majority of these have been committed by one or more students who walk through the front doors and open fire. These kids have had easy access to guns, some of which were military style assault rifles. The frequency of school shootings since 1999 has risen and is consistently rising. There may be no way to stop them from happening anymore unless we institute stricter gun laws.
Seconds later, he tried to shoot himself before a bystander prevented him from doing so, which led to a crowd beating and wrestling his until the police carried him away. Sophie and Franz were immediately rushed to the hospital but died with hours of being shot.
Informative Speech Going Out with a Bang General Purpose: To inform. Specific purpose: To inform my audience about the causes of school shootings in America. Central Idea: The main causes for school shootings are easy access to guns, mental instability and trauma. INTRODUCTION I. (Attention Getter)
In May 21st, 1998, Springfield, Oregon was struck with the news of a school shooting at Thurston High School. 15 year old, Kip Kinkel, first killed his parents at home before driving to school where he fatally shot two students, and wounded 22 others. Littleton, Colorado, on April 20th, 1999, was once the most fatal attack on a school. 18 year old, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold, 17, planned out their attack for a year, to kill at least 500 peers, and detonate the school. The shooting killed 12 students, one teacher, and wounded 21 others before committing suicide.
A school shooting was committed by fourteen year old student, Barry Dale Loukaitis. The incident occurred in his Algebra Class. He opened fire with three types of weapons killing two students, one teacher and critically injuring one student. He also held his class hostage for 10 minutes.
In 1999, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, walked into Columbine High School with shotguns, automatic weapons, and homemade pipe bombs, and killed 13 people, as well as, wounding 20 others, before killing themselves. Close to13 years after the massacre at Columbine, on December 14, 2012, another major school shooting took place in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This time, 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into the elementary school and murdered 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10, as well as, 6 adult faculty members, before killing himself. He used a semi-automatic, AR-15 as well.
On April 20, 1999, two teens named Eric Harris (18), and Dylan Klebold (17), went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They ended up killing 13 people and wounding over 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing